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The Strategic Cost Model is now the Strategic Cost and Price Model


The Strategic Cost and Price Model - 2018 - revision 02 release is now available with updated data. BUY NOW!


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The IC Knowledge - Strategic Cost and Price Model takes the top three companies in each of four segments and provides a detailed look at all of their current and past processes on 300mm and forward forecasts out to the next decade.


Specifically the model covers: DRAM - Samsung, Micron and SK Hynix, Foundry - TSMC, Global Foundries, Samsung, IDM Logic - Intel MPU and ST Micro, NAND - Samsung, Toshiba, and Intel-Micron and 2D and 3D NAND, 3D XPoint for Intel-Micron..


In each case we present a detailed introduction date, general process's details, process flows in order, pitch by layer and node, mask layers, multi patterning usage and total masks. Process blocks, pitch and multi patterning can be edited for each case.


For each target company and process every 300mm fab they have is predefined so that if you juts pick a fab the fab details and supported processes are pre defined (although you can override them) and detailed outputs of equipment and materials requirements are provided.


Supported processes

The Model supports DRAM out to 12 nm, Foundry out beyond 3.5nm, NAND in 2D out to 15nm/16nm as well as 3D to 256 layers and 3D XPoint to 8 layers..


Supported wafer sizes

300mm and 450mm


Supported cost elements

Wafer cost and price. No packaging or test.


Who should buy this product

The IC Knowledge - Strategic Cost and Price Model - is in use at many IDMs, Consortia, Materials companies and OEMS forward projecting markets and costs as the industry implements the ITRS and 450mm,.


Latest revision


Revision 2018-01

  • Processes - Updated 3D NAND 256L introduction dates. Added "reported mask layers" line to the 'Logic' process sheet. Removed MIM cap from TSMC 10nm process. Updated cobalt cap process. Updated all logic roadmaps and updated 10nm and smaller processes. Deleted Intel-Micron 3D NAND processes with more than 96 layers, we don't think floating gate scales to more than 96 layers. Updated Intel-Micron 96 layer process.
  • NGL - NA
  • Equipment - Updated EUV throughput and added selection comments. Adjusted how Intel nodes trigger equipment to account for their node offset versus foundries.
  • Materials - NA
  • Model - NA
  • Labor - NA
  • Yield - Updated Intel 10nm and 7nm yields and TSMC 10nm and 7nm yields. Updates TSMC 28nm, 20nm and 12nm yields.
  • Facilities - NA
  • Fabs - Updated GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab 8 module 2 and 3 dates and processes. Updated Intel Fab 28 10nm date. Updated Samsung Line 17-P4 (S3-2) dates and processes. Added TSMC fab 16 phase 2 and updated Fab 15 phase 7 dates. Updated Intel Fab 42 to run 7nm HNS process starting in 2020. Updated Intel D1X to 7nm HNS process.
  • License - fixed typos and clarified the language.


System Requirements

The Model runs inside of Microsoft Excel and requires the user to have Excel 2010 or higher installed on their computer. There are are known compatibility issues with Excel 2007 and Open Office and any third party Excel compatible product.


Model Cost and How to Buy

A single user license allows one user on one computer and is $5,000, an enterprise license allowing an unlimited number of users at a company is $14,000. The model may be purchased at a disocunt on-line with a credit card here or you may email or fax us a purchase order with 30 day terms. The model is delivered by email within a few hours of our receiving an order. The model cost includes twelve months of updates plus twelve months of reasonable levels of phone and email support. A Web Ex training session is available on request. Renewal costs at the end of twelve months are discounted 1/3 off the current prices.


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